Thinking, at least partly because of Barbara Fister, of a conference discussion group thing entitled, "H important is patron confidentiality?" Key points to begin the discussion include the Amazon Kindle library deal, Overdrive, subscribing to services that require patrons to register at the vendors' sites (eg, Zinio), and search engines that...
So glad I finally met Secret Agent Fister, who gave the keynote at a really great conference on critical information literacy: http://2014lacunyinst.commons.gc.cuny.edu/ I've been at CUNY as a librarian since 1999, but the last few years, I feel like our library association, LACUNY, has been hitting it out of the park with conferences and...
Well, the good news is that, barring asbestos, we'll likely get to open the stacks sooner than we thought. Don't know whose photos these are, but linked from a friend's FB post. http://s1128.photobucket.com/user...
Hmm. I objected to a term I considered demeaning, and was informed that the group that uses it considers it a standard and accepted term, therefore... well, therefore I'm not sure what. I won't push the issue, but it's interesting that the group using a term gets to decide whether it's demeaning or not.
My library is in a semi-rural, very politically conservative area. A co-worker turned down a possible book acquisition in her liaison area, which she has a degree in. The book, which happens to support intelligent design, made its way onto our shelves anyway. :-/
I'm trying to build a fairly comprehensive research guide on several topics around Francophone Switzerland, particularly around ingenuity and quality. (The topics were set by the professor.) This is not an area I know well (er... at all). Suggestions welcome!!! http://gouldguides.carleton.edu/fren395
So, somebody just sent me a JSTOR article and I noticed it embeds the time and IP address of the person downloading it. This bugs me in a big way. WRONG, JSTOR!! Has it always done that and I just didn't notice?
Currently I have my work ID on one of those zip lines attached to my belt loop. I use it to checkout books, open doors, and potentially pay for purchases. The problem is A) I have left it at home before because it is one extra thing to remember, and the babies think it is a toy and B) sometimes it falls off
Since "Discovery happens elsewhere", as Lorcan Dempsey so famously said, how do we make it easy for users who have discovered the perfect thing get it (or even find out if they CAN get it), even when getting it requires going through library authentication mechanisms that are on the opposite side of the internet from where they are.
Help me design the most outrageously expansive list of must-dos for academic libraries ever. "What every academic library MUST DO" that you know is off the rails, but sounds superficially plausible. GO.
Does anyone have a spare $187,000 lying around? "Complete your collection of SAGE journals with the 2014 SAGE Deep Backfile Package for $187,000*" and "save significantly off the list price value of $752,707.00"!